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Bunnahabhain 42yo 1968/2011

(45.5%, Wilson & Morgan Barrel Selection, Collector's Edition, Butt, C#3)
Average Score: 88
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
DistilleryBunnahabhain
BottlerWilson & Morgan
RangeBarrel Selection
Brand NameBunnahabhain
Age42
Year Distilled1968
Year Bottled2011
Alcohol By Volume45.5%
Other DetailsCollector's Edition, Butt
Cask Number#3
Issued2011
Average Score88


Maniac Ratings
Robert Karlsson89
Konstantin Grigoriadis80
Ho-cheng Yao90
Luca Chichizola89
Rich Howard88
Keith Wood90
Oliver Klimek87
Ralf Mitchell89


Tasting Notes
Robert KarlssonFloral, slightly berried vanillaish nose here. Also on marzipan and all with a nice liveliness. Round fruitier "older" smoother taste than expected. Seriously well-composed I'd say.
Rich Howarda fairly demure nose, very creamy with black cherries in vanilla, fresh blackberries, herbal cherry cough drops (sorry, have to say Ricola here...), distinct candle wax, vegetal notes of pecans, haystacks and wet grasses. the palate follows suit, with gentle, creamy fruit, just a hair sweeter than the nose might suggest, maybe a bit more citrus here, fresh peach and peach skin, tangerine, and a nice dose of spice and lightly herbal, especially on the finish. water accents the herbal and waxy notes on the nose, still with an undercurrent of creamy berries and citrus. the palate has thinned out a bit as well, sweeter and creamier, with a handful of toasted herbs, more spices and drying oak on the finish. summary: a creamy, spicy, waxy sherried malt of obvious quality to enjoy exactly as bottled. [tasted blind for the 2011 Awards]
Keith WoodGlass: Classic Malt - Colour: Dark gold, rich dark oak - Nose: Initially light fruits, then vanilla, wood and hints of banana. Eventually some creamy toffee with a suggestion of walnut before dark fruits appear after some further minutes in the glass. - Palate: The fruitiness and vanilla come immediately to the fore, but in a slightly dry way. These are followed by slightly smoky dark cherries. - Finish: Long and woody, but slightly dry. - Overall Impression: Another exceptional, nay 'Great' Bunnahabhain. Expensive maybe, but Majestic it definitely is.
Oliver KlimekColour: Medium amber - Nose: Honey, waxed wood, apples, sweet grapes, vanilla, candied ginger, hints of nutmeg. - Palate: Honey, vanilla, apples, bananas, grapes, candy floss, caramel, hints of ginger and nutmeg. - Finish: Very long and fruity, slightly dry. - Overall: A delicious old-style whisky with a creamy and slightly waxy mouthfeel but no overwhelming wood influence.